April 10, 2020
Dear Parent and/or Guardian;
As you may have already seen, an announcement was made yesterday that all PA schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year 2019-2020. While we are disappointed to learn that our students will not return to their buildings this year, we will continue to provide online instruction for the remainder of the school year. In planning ahead for this possibility, MTSD is prepared to continue providing our students the core, fundamental information and content within all grade levels and course curriculum until the end of this academic school year on June 5, 2020.
On a positive note, this was a great first week for our online instruction. We heard from many of you regarding how smoothly the first week went, and how our staff continues to rise above the challenge of providing online instruction to all of our students. Please know that our staff remains dedicated to assisting you and your family with any needs respective to online learning, mental health supports, meals, etc. All MTSD school counselors, psychologists, and nurses are providing tele-supports and resources to students as needed. Our website holds a list of resources to help proactively address the mental health and social-emotional well-being of students. These resources are posted on the main district website at the tab titled Addressing Mental Health Needs. On this page, you will find contact information for our school counselors, school psychologists, and several financial and mental health resources. We encourage you to review these resources and reach out to our counselors if you have any questions or concerns.
Although school remains closed, we will continue to offer “Grab and Go lunches and breakfasts” at our Bucher and Schaeffer Elementary locations. The meals are available for all students, age 18 and younger, and students no longer need to be present to receive a meal. To date, our food service staff and administrators have provided over 5,000 meals to students! I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to the MTSD staff who continues to provide this service to our students.
Also, we know that some students may still have personal belongings in our buildings. We will make arrangements at a later time this spring for students to return to the buildings to collect any remaining personal belongings. More information will be forthcoming about this collection process; it will be facilitated in a way that ensures student health and safety.
Dr. Robin L. Felty
Superintendent of Schools